Book Hunting at Anvil Publishing Inc.

Anvil Publishing Inc. is a local publisher that has been producing books since 1990. They have close ties to National Bookstore Inc., the largest bookstore and office supplies chain in the country. Anvil is the creator of a number of the textbooks that my schools used. Besides the almost 2,000 (and counting) titles they have, they also have gained the title of “Publisher of the Year” eleven times from the Manila Critics Circle.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

The Wrinkle and the Waters

Your book made me curious about that particular verse, causing me to read the whole chapter, and eventually the whole book. But that wasn’t the only effect it had on me. The cavalcade of seraphim and nephilim introduced me to the world of angelology, symbology, and numerous Christian legends. And I thought only the secular world had folklore.

Limited Runs

During the ten minutes we were there, I noticed that the silver stand of shelves was unmanned. Posters reminded people of the rules but no lone crew or professional guard to watch over the goings-on. There was an old man who, after finishing flipping through a novel, reminded a couple of the local kids who raided the collection not to bring any of the books home.

Chase the Sun

I got a job but I’ve got a problem
‘Cause I eat too much and I can’t afford to solve it
When I’m savin’ up for that cruise to the Caymans
And I’m hittin’ the snooze so I can keep on dreamin’

Smashmouth is in my head.

Also, while one foot is in the office officially pounding away at the keyboard, the other is at home packing for the weekend. What do I plan to do? I will chase the sun.

  • Read a book
  • Dance like a maniac
  • Sing in the rain
  • Clean the room
  • Join a breakfast buffet
  • Convince friends to go on a road trip
  • Hop to the nearest island
  • Take the trains
  • Relax on a ferry
  • Ride a kalesa
  • Raid a friend’s room
  • Get lost in a book store or a book fair
  • Visit historical ruins
  • Stare in amazement at religious art in old churches and cathedrals
  • Travel to the heart of a forest or a mountain
  • Create a photo shoot
  • Have a free tour of the National Museum on Sunday
  • Attend a town fiesta
  • Do some charity work
  • Knock arrows
  • Fire bullets
  • Play board games
  • Marathon movies or anime
  • Sing at a videoke
  • Try a new restaurant
  • Attend a banchetto
  • Enjoy a large meal
  • Try an exotic dish
  • Weird out friends at the dinner table
  • Indulge the sweet tooth
  • Watch the famous Philippine sunset
  • Talk over coffee
  • Have a second dinner at midnight

Between Berlin and Bombay | At the Mall

All that walking at the museum made me hungry.

While there was a much nearer mall to the Museum of the Filipino People, I opted to go south than north. I had a particular craving and only one place could relieve it.

I took a jeep to Pedro Gil LRT station and alighted there. Then I walked all the way to Robinson’s Ermita. Once inside, I made a beeline to the topmost floor.

Hard as I try to remember when I last had Indian food, I couldn’t recall. All I knew was I wanted something warm, spicy, cheesy, and creamy on tender meat. That is why I was at New Bombay.

I asked for the Malai Murg Tikka. It was a set of big chunks of chicken placed on lettuce leaves. Topping it was a gracious serving of cheese. Alongside it were two choices of sauce: earthy green-colored cashew paste and a medley of Indian spices.

Truly, it hit the spot! Just what I needed.

Malai Murg Tikka, Php 295.00
Malai Murg Tikka, Php 295.00

Of course, I tried both sauces. I like the red one better. It had a medley of sweet and spicy that I prefer. While the cashew paste had a greater kick to it, what put me off was the texture. Predictably, I mixed both sauces and surprisingly they complemented each other.

My choice of drink is called the Almond Lassi. While itself is good—being nut-based, meaning earthy taste—I began to have too much earthiness in my mouth. I should have had something starkly different. Lesson learned!

Almond Lassi, Php 120.00
Almond Lassi, Php 120.00

Once dinner was over, I walked to my next destination. With each step, I was hoping there was still stock of it.

And there still was!

Rick Riordan released last week his brand new series, “Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard”. I have been a fan of his since I began “Percy Jackson & The Olympians” years ago. I love and adore “The Heroes of Olympus” and “The Kane Chronicles”. And I have good feeling about the new series’ first book, The Sword of Summer.

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer (Paperback), Php 545.00
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer (Paperback), Php 545.00

Sighting the book at National Bookstore was wonderful. But it was also painful because it was seated right next to another book I wanted to buy: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin.

I love and hate this sight.
I love and hate this sight.

If that wasn’t bad enough, I also saw other Riordan books Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes and The Demigod Diaries. I could only take so much heartache in one day. I needed to escape.

So with only one book in tow, I headed for the cashier and paid. But I knew, I would get my hands on them soon.

(This is Part Two of a Two-Part Post.)

New Bombay
Fourth Floor, Robinsons Place Manila, Ermita, Manila

National Bookstore
Ground Floor, Robinsons Place Manila, Ermita, Manila

While Waiting | Book Sightings

Where do you go to wait when you’re at the mall?

For me, that depends on what I have planned for the rest of the day. If there’s a meal involved later, I wait at a bookstore – so I don’t spend the money on food before I eat. If I’m just waiting to go somewhere else, I hang out at a book store – so I don’t spend money on anything else. And that was what I was doing at Fully Booked SM Mall of Asia: waiting for Rai.

Typically, I’m instantly drawn to the young adult section. But I was distracted. There was a detour sighted.

I thought these books were not going to be here until later this year. But they are here now! And that is just awesome. With them in my hands, I have more uses for my color pencils. My Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) list just got longer. And the MIBF is less than two months away!

And I just had to land my sights on this one!

One of my "next" books.
One of my “next” books.

Guillermo del Toro, how you tempt me.

Did I mention that my Manila International Book Fair list just got longer? I believe I have. If I haven’t, let me say it: my Manila International Book Fair list just got longer.

Cheap Books | A Dilemma

This image from Facebook awakened the hoarder in me.

From the Books for Less Facebook Page
From the Books for Less Facebook Page

The thought of getting books that cheap made my mouth water. But that was just for a moment. Reality smacked me hard. Say that I do have the budget for this – and I do – would I have the time to rummage and haul them around in a seeming tight space? Every book fair, I lug around a load of books, which I love and loathe with the intensity of a thousand white suns.

Even if I am able to find a way to get around the place and bring them home, do I still have space in my shelf?
And the most important question: when would I get the time to read? As it stands, I no longer read during my commute. Hugely because I am not using the train to get to work. But that’s a whole other story.

It has made me wonder: what has been the cheapest book I bought? If I’m not mistaken, a small hardbound birthday book that was printed in 1963. And it belonged to a certain Barbara Witter.

Moments | Ore Monogatari!! (My Love Story) Episode 10

Viewers get a “meet the parents” moment, which reveal how Takeo got his looks and character.

Takeo's Parents
Takeo’s Parents

Then, there was a sort of “your friends talk to my friends” moment.

He’s a pure soul as well, I guess.

A (Disney) prince in disguise?
A (Disney) prince in disguise?

Lastly, a “fan girl” moment? I honestly don’t know what to call this.


Oh. And a cameo from another anime. And a classic one!

Hei... there?!
Hei… there?!

And where’s the best friend? Reading books at home.

The Daydreamer | BuzzFeed Quiz

I took BuzzFeed’s “Can We Guess Your Personality Based On Your Taste In Books?” quiz. The result was not surprising.

You got: The Daydreamer
Fantasy is where you find your happy place. Getting lost in a story about magical worlds and mythical creatures is what you love the most. Your friends will often find you zoned out and daydreaming, and your imagination and creativity is what you’re known for!

The accompanying gif from the quiz result(The accompanying gif from the quiz result.)

Homage to Human Potential | Daily Prompt: Worldly Encounters

The friendly, English-speaking extraterrestrial you run into outside your house is asking you to recommend the one book, movie, or song that explains what humans are all about. What do you pick?

Book: I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

I am the Messenger
I am the Messenger
By Markus Zusak
Re-read: March 2012

Song: “Stand” by Rascal Flatts

Movie: “Quartet” (2012) directed by Dustin Hoffman

“Quartet” (2012) directed by Dustin Hoffman
“Quartet” (2012) directed by Dustin Hoffman

The book, song, and movie speak about disregarding where the character is in his or her life and starting there, making a turn or going wherever to begin anew. They are odes to choices and homage to human potential, no matter the age, time, or place.

Sunday at BGC | Wolf and Fox Gastropub | Farmacy

Have you ever been to Bonifacio Global City (BGC) on a Sunday?

Unless I am wrong, I haven’t—until last Sunday. I was scheduled to have lunch with fellow WordPress blogger-best friend extraordinaire Pam of “Life of a Cuddlebit” and her fiancé Kei. And when I got to BGC, there were lesser people there. I even came across closed shops, which were normally open on other days.

We picked Wolf and Fox Gastropub. Staff aside, we were the only ones there. Guess we’d have the bar’s undivided attention then.

After mulling over the menu, we gave the waiter our choices. Either we were talking a lot that time sped by or—because there were only three people to serve—they cooked our orders quite quickly. The Couple each had Caesar Salad. Kei picked out the bacon bits from Pam’s bowl and put them on his.

Caesar Salad, Php 38.00
Caesar Salad, Php 38.00

Kei wanted Roast Beef, which was roast sirloin with potatoes and mushroom au jus. We never heard any complaints about the beef or anything else on his plate, so I would guess that it was cooked to Kei’s delight. In retrospect, the potatoes were cut like fries.

Roast Beef, Php 218.00
Roast Beef, Php 218.00

Pam asked for Southern Fried Chicken. The two pieces of leg quarter looked crispy and, when she took a forkful, it appeared to be fried perfectly. It also came with rice and mushroom au jus.

Southern Fried Chicken, Php 189.00
Southern Fried Chicken, Php 189.00

I had a customized burger: US Angus Burger plus Fried Egg and Cream and Mushroom Sauce. When it came to me, it looked like a little tower created by stacking one ingredient on another. The patty was done perfectly; its juices oozed along with the broken yolk and sauce that was more cream than mushroom (not that it’s bad), which meant that I had a messy time with my food. My sole complaint of the place is that Wolf and Fox did not give us more than one tissue each.

With lunch done, we went to mingle with the crowd. It was the annual Mabuhay Germany at BGC, so there German cars, airlines, food, beer, and songs at the park. Though we swore to not enter Fully Booked because—if we did, it’s likely that we wouldn’t leave—yet we still ended up going inside the store.

As predicted, we spent 30 minutes just looking at paper and art supplies alone then 30 minutes more just at the Young Adult and Fashion sections. We dared not go upstairs because Starbucks waited there. It was tempting.

For a while, we walked and ran when crossing streets until we reached our next destination: Farmacy. While there were customers there, most of them were seated outside, which was where the tables were. We preferred sitting at the bar and be immersed in the experience of being in an ice cream and soda shop.

Pam and I went over to display of ice cream tubs. We asked to try flavors, from Chocolate Orange (rich cocoa and tangy fruit) to Moonshine (strong buzz for a little spoonful). In about 15 minutes, we made up our minds and 10 more minutes, our orders arrived.

Her fiancé chose Candied Bacon and Double Chocolate. A revelation came to him: bacon and chocolate can work together. His fiancée had Gianduja and Coffee Almond; as a medley, they result to a chocolaty coffee taste. Too bad her scoop had only one almond. Their friend picked the seemingly quirkiest: Lemon Custard with Blueberry and Strawberry. Farmacy didn’t skimp on any of the fruits but they weren’t as intense as I anticipated. And if I didn’t eat fast, I’d end with ice cream soup in my cup. Then again, lemon, blueberry, and strawberry soup doesn’t sound too bad.

From left to right, clockwise: Candied Bacon and Double Chocolate, Lemon Custard with Blueberry and Strawberry, and Gianduja and Coffee Almond (Php 160.00, double scoop)
From left to right, clockwise: Candied Bacon and Double Chocolate, Lemon Custard with Blueberry and Strawberry, and Gianduja and Coffee Almond (Php 160.00, double scoop)

Once we decided to go home, they thought of taking the bus with me instead of their usual taxi. I took them to the terminal and we quickly got our passes and had good seats. All the while, I thought it would take about 20 minutes to get from the mall to the train station but—because it was a Sunday at BGC—we got there faster than expected.

Wolf and Fox Gastropub
Ground Floor, Two Parkade, 30th Street Corner 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

Ground Floor, Netlima Building, 4th Avenue Corner 26th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City